This photo is of Blantyre Post Office at Glasgow Road. It saw on where the spare ground is now at the corner of Logan Street and Glasgow Road, near the Asda Petrol Station.
Pictured here in 1955, just a year after it opened. I was chatting recently to Blantyre man Gordon Cook about this building. Gordon added, “when I looked at it close up I noticed there was actually a postman emptying the box, and I wondered if it might have been my dad. He was a postman in Blantyre for about 34 years after the war.”
The new Post Office was opened without any ceremony whatsoever on Monday morning 25th October 1954, when business was conducted ‘as usual’ at 9 a.m. The opening should not be confused with a dating stone of 1953 that was placed when the building was commissioned. Built of stone, single storey on the site of the former Turner’s Building, the new public building had a solid look, one which certainly looked unique and almost municipal.
Soon afterwards though in early November 1954, the Blantyre Gazette recorded that there was a call for a pillar box and a stamp machine to be placed at the site of old premises (next to the Y.M.C.A. and further along Glasgow Road on the same side).
The old place of business was apparently very cramped and unsuitable for the type of work being carried out by the postal authorities, conditions which they had suffered for years. However, I’m sure the staff would have been very pleased with their new premises.
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If I remember Mr McGlynn was the postmaster in charge.